PM Narendra Modi wants ministers to fan out, nail Opp

New Delhi : Feeling the heat in Parliament and outside, NDA ministers have been instructed to fan out across the country from January to “expose” the Opposition’s “stalling tactics” in Parliament due to which several key bills are stuck and highlight the government’s achievements seeking to project it as “pro-poor”. At a meeting of the Council of Ministers at his residence, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked the ministers to “feel upbeat” about what the government is doing and “not get rattled” by the attack of the Opposition, which he alleged was building a “campaign on falsehood”. During the meeting that lasted one-and-a-half-hours, the Prime Minister underscored that it was all a matter of perception and asked his Cabinet colleagues to take up the “challenge” of connecting with the masses.

A detailed plan will be chalked out later but the ministers have been asked to start visiting constituencies from the second week of January and spend at least 30 hours in areas assigned to them. Asking the ministers to periodically review the functioning of their departments, the Prime Minister stressed on the need to bring in innovative ideas for enhanced performance and improve the image of the government. Modi was of the view that effort should be made to increase people’s participation in preparing the budget for central government sche-mes and there should be “no last minute rush” to spend money at the fag-end of a financial year.

It was also decided that each minister would undertake a tour of two Parliamentary constituencies to apprise people of the decisions taken by the Modi government in the interest of the common man since it came to power in 2014. Sources said the Prime Minister was keen that the achievements of the government are taken to people in the simplest possible language. The general view at the meeting was that as the winter session is about to end on December 23, and it was time the government concentrated on “exposing” the Opposition outside Parliament. This view came amid broad indications that the government would not be able to get the GST bill passed during the winter session with Congress stalling Parliament on the National Herald case and other issues.

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